As of May 16, 2022, Yale University Library special collections reading rooms are open to all researchers who are fully vaccinated and boosted, when eligible. 

Non-Yale researchers are required to register in the Yale Library special collections system, complete the University vaccine attestation process in advance of their visit, and show a copy of their approval email for admission to the library on the day of their visit. 

In addition, international researchers arriving from overseas must also adhere to the Yale travel requirements for visitors from other countries (SEE U.S. Restrictions and Requirements for International Travel under the Yale Covid 19 Travel Policy

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Information for Researchers:  

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The Lewis Walpole Library is a non-circulating, closed-stack library. All material in the library must be handled with great care. Reading privileges are granted to registered readers, subject to the following:

AEON: The library has recently implemented the use of Aeon, a workflow and materials control software designed for special collections libraries and archives, through which readers register, sign a use agreement, and request materials for use in the Reading Room. For more information please see the Guide to Using Special Collections at the Yale University Library.

All library users are required to register online to use the reading room and the collections. Register or access your Aeon account

Requests for Lewis Walpole Library collection material for use in the Reading Room should be made through Orbis ( For more information about requesting material, including requests for items not yet cataloged in Orbis, please see the Guide to Using Special Collections at the Yale University Library. You will see there instructions for requesting uncataloged material directly through a “New Request Form”.

As part of the registration process readers must read and agree to the “Yale University Library User Agreement for Special Collections”. This agreement includes important information about the reproduction, publication, and security of collections as well as terms and conditions for in-person use of materials in a special collections reading room and a non-disclosure agreement. This agreement governs the use of the Lewis Walpole Library Reading Room and collection materials.